Lazaro "Laz" Alonso (born March 25, 1974) is a Cuban and Black American film and television actor. He is best known for playing Tsu'tey in James Cameron's science fiction film Avatar. He is also well known for his role as Fenix "Rise" Calderon in the film Fast & Furious. Alonso has had roles in other films such as Jarhead, This Christmas, and Miracle at St. Anna.
Alonso was born in Washington, D.C.. He is of Afro-Cuban descent. He is an alumnus of Howard University. After graduating from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing, he had a lucrative career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. He resides in Los Angeles.